by , on January 14, 2015

Don’t Miss Out!

Only a few short weeks are left until the biggest electrical safety conference of the year: the IEEE Electrical Safety Workshop (ESW) for 2015.  This marks the 22nd annual IEEE ESW.  This year the event will be held at the downtown Marriott in Louisville, Kentucky on January 27-30.

This year will feature key note speaker David Wallis, the primary author of OSHA 1910.269.

David joined the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in September 1973 as a safety engineer in the office responsible for writing electrical safety standards. Over his 40 years as an electrical/safety engineer at the Agency, he has contributed heavily to OSHA’s electrical standards-setting process. He is the primary author of most of OSHA’s electrical standards, including the electric power standards in 29 CFR 1910.269 and 29 CFR Part 1926, Subpart V and the electrical standards for general industry and construction in 29 CFR Part 1910, Subpart S, and 29 CFR Part 1926, Subpart K, respectively. He also contributed to the promulgation of several other OSHA safety standards, such as the permit-required confined space standard in 29 CFR 1910.146. Mr. Wallis represented OSHA as an expert witness in several cases before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Mr. Wallis is an active member of the following committees: ASTM F18 on electrical protective equipment, IEEE Engineering in the Safety, Maintenance, and Operations of Lines Subcommittee, and NESC Subcommittee 8 on work rules. He also represented OSHA on the NFPA 70E committee while at the Agency.

This premier electrical safety event draws over 700 attendees annually.

Key electrical safety products are showcased in the one-night expo, but the best part is the non-commercial papers on electrical safety topics and new arc flash mitigation strategies.

Come early or stay longer for committee meetings and/or bourbon tours (More information on the bourbon tours here – just click on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Tour tab).  It’s an experience even nondrinkers enjoy!

What Makes the ESW Unique?

  • Attend presentations and tutorials by the people who are actually writing the standards: NEC, NFPA 70E, CSA Z462, ANSI/IEEE 1584.
  • Hear firsthand about groundbreaking research on shock, arc flash and PPE.
  • Participate in standards development.
  • Be the first to see the latest electrical safety innovations.
  • Network with the industry’s most influential people — the ones driving change.
  • Bring actionable concepts and practices back to work for immediate implementation.
  • 98% of 2013 attendees surveyed said they would recommend the conference to a friend or colleague.
  • 69% of 2013 attendees rated the conference as having “exceeded” or “greatly exceeded” their expectations.
  • You want to save lives — this conference shows you how!


Hugh Hoagland
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Hugh Hoagland is the foremost tester of clothing and PPE exposed to electrical arcs and is an arc flash expert. Read more about Hugh.

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